PASCO, Washington — People have said a lot of things about Antonio Zambrano-Montes in the week after he was shot and killed by police: He was depressed, mentally unstable, homeless and broken. Yet some of his friends can't think of him without remembering his smile.
"He was always happy," Cody Minnis, who met Zambrano-Montes while they were both staying at a Pasco homeless shelter. "Even when he was down he put a smile on for everybody."
Zambrano-Montes, 35, was confronted by three police officers on Feb. 10 while he was allegedly hurling rocks at cars at a busy intersection in Pasco. The police chased him and fatally shot him just as he turned around and seemed to put his hands up. You can judge that for yourself by watching the video, below.
(The following video, while not graphic, shows a man being shot by police. Please view with caution.)
His friends still have trouble believing that the man in that video is the same Zambrano-Montes they knew. They remember him as someone who could hardly stop talking, who liked to chat about nearly anything with anybody who would listen, and who could make you forget what time it was while he spoke.
"He would always tell me, 'You don't have to be sad because you have your whole life to be happy,'" Bertha Coria, who was Zambrano-Montes' neighbor for a year in Pasco.